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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 7, 2006 9:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1995

No serious Deadhead can defend 1995 with a straight face.

it's just very sad more than anything, and I mean that in the truest sense of the word "sad", rather than in a pejorative, condescending way.

The vibes were bad, the health was in jeapordy, mentally and physically, they just sounded terrible. Disjointed, flat. The vocals are embarrassing.

All of this especially compared to how great they once were. I find it difficult in fact to defend any year after 1991.

Look, my last show was Highgate '94 in VT., and I had a fantastic time. I rocked and danced and laughed and loved every minute of it....It's a Dead show. But I knew even at the moment (though happily less so) that when I listened later to the tapes as I did, that they simply wouldn't be very good. A few "moments", but overall, a sloppy and less than inspired show , as most were by then.

How I wish Jerry could have walked away from it all in '91, got his health back, rested and reflected and recuperated, announce his departure from the band, and then think how amazing it would be for him to have from that moment on made a few well rehearsed and energetic appearances w/the JGB or other collaborative musicians. He'd play and sound great, I'd wager.

The rest of the boys would have done their own thing as they do now, and it would have been better for everyone.

But things played out likely the only way they could have.